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Trump says Saudi king agrees to raise oil output by 2m barrels

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Saudi state media confirms phone call between two leaders but gives no mention of the tweeted by US president.

 

US President Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has agreed to his request to increase oil output “maybe up to” two million barrels, as state media in Riyadh confirmed a phone call between the two leaders about oil but mentioned no specifics.

Trump’s claim on Saturday comes after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), a grouping of oil producing states that includes Saudi Arabia, already agreed to ramp up productionby a million barrels a day at a meeting earlier this month.

Non-OPEC member Russia on June 23 also backed the effort, capping a week of tense diplomacy for the bloc that averted a damaging rift between arch foes Iran and Saudi Arabia.

“Just spoke to King Salman of Saudi Arabia and explained to him that, because of the turmoil & disfunction [sic] in Iran and Venezuela, I am asking that Saudi Arabia increase oil production, maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels, to make up the difference,” the US president wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Prices to [sic] high! He has agreed!” Trump added, without specifying the timeframe for the increased production or whether his two million figure referred to barrels per day.

Later on Saturday, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said King Salman had spoken to Trump on the need to maintain oil market stability and global economic growth, but gave no further details about an output rise.

“During the call, the two leaders stressed the need to make efforts to maintain the stability of oil markets and the growth of the global economy,” SPA said.

They also discussed “efforts by the oil producing countries to compensate for any potential shortage in supplies,” it added.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s top oil exporter and has usually kept at least 1.5 million to two million barrels per day of spare capacity, according to the United States Energy Information Administration. It produces around 10 million barrels of crude per day, according to OPEC.

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The Trump administration is pushing countries to cut all imports of Iranian oil from November when the US re-imposes sanctions against Tehran, after Trump withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal agreed between Iran and six major powers.

US officials are pressing allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, to adhere to the sanctions, which are aimed at pressuring Iran to negotiate a follow-up agreement to halt its nuclear programmes.

Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan, reporting from Washington, DC, said “it is not unusual” for the White House to put pressure on OPEC members to increase oil output “mainly because the US president is first and foremost concerned about the cost of gasoline and consumer fuels, especially in an election year” – the US will hold midterm congressional polls in November.

She added, however, that what Trump is suggesting, amid the pressure imposed to other countries to stop accepting Iranian imports, is much more complicated than simply persuading or not persuading Riyadh to change its output levels.

“This is a situation where US shale oil production itself has dropped in the past few months and that drop in the inventory has pushed oil prices up,” Jordan said.

“There is also some analysis from energy sector experts who say that Saudi Arabia could perhaps increase its daily output but it would only be for a very short time and the quality of the oil produced would be very low amd very difficult to refine.”

Jordan added: “It’s noteworthy that the Saudis did not want to say that they are committed in any official output level, that they would be inclined to have any financial dealings with Iran in the face of any possible US sanctions.”

Iran accuses US of economic pressure

Im the run-up to the latest OPEC meeting, Riyadh, backed by Moscow, had argued strongly in favour of increasing production as grumbles in major consumer countries like the US, India and China have grown about higher prices.

Iran opposed any changes to the original production-cut deal at a time when its oil industry is facing renewed sanctions over Trump’s decision to quit the international nuclear deal with Tehran. In the end, both sides were able to save face.

Analysts said  the outcome of the discussions between the Saudi and US leaders may have far reaching benefits for both sides.

“It is a strategic move [from Saudi Arabia] to side with Trump at this point and I think what we have seen so far is a combination of an oil price war as well as an indirect diplomatic confrontation between the Iranians and other OPEC members,” Mohammed Cherkaoui, professor of conflict resolution at George Mason University, told AL Jazeera from Washington, DC.

“If this trend, what the Russians and the Saudis have offered, I think it will lead to an implosion of the OPEC as an international trade institution,” Cherkaoui added.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday accused the US of trying to turn Iranians against their government.

“They bring to bear economic pressure to separate the nation from the system … but six US presidents before him tried this and had to give up,” Khamenei was quoted as saying on Saturday by his website, referring to Trump.

Iran’s rial currency has lost up to 40 per cent of its value since last month, when Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran’s OPEC governor, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of trying to push up oil prices and said both countries are acting against the foundation of OPEC.

“If this happens, (it) means Trump is asking Saudi Arabia to walk (away) from OPEC,” he told Reuters news agency.

“The market will go up to $100 I am sure as Saudi Arabia said they will plan an increase for July … This was managed between the two to rob the pocket of rest of the world.”

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Nigerian law permits harvesting of organs without owner’s consent, medical expert tells NASS

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The Chairman, Global Prolife Alliance, GPA, Prof (Dr) Philip Njemanze, has revealed that the National Health Act 2014 permits the harvesting of a person’s organs without their consent in Nigeria. He cited sections 13, 20, 43, 45, 48, 51, 53 and 58 of the NHAct 2014 as contentious sections of the Act, which ought to be amended for the safety of Nigerians. The National Health Act was sponsored by Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and passed into law by the government of President Goodluck Jonathan. In a lengthy submission to the National Assembly on the urgent need to amend the National Health Act, Njemanze, a former Chairman of the Catheter Medical Practitioners Association and proprietor of Chidicon Medical and Research Center, Owerri, said there are national security implications if the Act is not amended. He stated: “National security demands Federal Government Amendment of the National Health Act 2014 to prevent mass harvesting of human organs and poaching of ovarian eggs. “We would like to draw your attention to the Statues of the National Health Act 2014 (NHAct) that permit Human Organ Trafficking and Poaching of Ovarian Eggs without consent that may lead to deaths of millions of Nigerians. “We hereby warn that if the NHAct is implemented without the proposed amendments it will facilitate the operations of International Organized Criminal Cartel on Human Organ and Ovarian Egg Trafficking. On the other hand, if terminated now and the crime exposed, Nigeria would be saved!” He alleged that there are foreign sponsors of the National Health Act 2014, and provided shocking details on the dangers of the Act.

He said: “The first part of this project in Nigeria would provide the human organs to keep the rich Western patients alive, until they succeed with the therapeutic human organ cloning. Organ cloning using embryonic stem cells is a projected big business worth 30 trillion US dollars (one-third of the world economy) for the Western economies within the next 5-10 years of operation!   “This is the anticipated Western Economic Recovery Plan of the G7 countries to get ahead of Asia. This program is supported by most Western governments and many billionaire investors deceptively projecting Billionaire Philanthropic works. How does this work? To clone a tissue like heart, you will need to collect the nucleus (that stores all its genetic materials) of the heart of the sick person and place it in a human ovarian egg obtained from a woman through IVF (in-vitro fertilization).   “The new cell is put in tissue culture to grow into a heart, which could be transplanted to the sick person. The process of transferring the nucleus to the egg is called Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT). Has this worked? Yes! SCNT was applied in experiments of Dolly the Sheep derived by cloning. To perfect the SCNT process for therapeutic cloning, they will need millions of human ovarian eggs. It has been forbidden in all Western countries to collect the ovarian eggs of women for this experimentation. “But the law like the British Embryology Law permits using human eggs from Africa and those of animals while banning the use of human eggs from Europe and America! It has been estimated that at least 100 million ovarian eggs poached from 10 million Nigerian women would be required annually for about 5 years.   “These Nigerian women will die shortly thereafter from complications of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome as a result of the multiple hormonal injections that stimulate the ovaries given at IVF Clinics. The ovarian eggs would be obtained through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Women have to go for the procedure if they want to get pregnant or they are donating their ovarian eggs.   “The IVF Clinics in Nigeria are proliferating under the sponsorship of foreign owners using Nigerians as fronts for ovarian egg harvesting! What then would get Nigerian women to go for IVF? For this purpose, they instituted a massive vaccination program funded by the ‘Philanthropist’ billionaire and his related ‘reputed’ international and national organizations. The vaccination for polio and tetanus has at different times been coupled with ‘sterilizing agents’ even though denied by the international agencies, facts suggest otherwise. “The billionaires bank-rolled the UN agencies for 20 years and staffed it with critical manpower working together to achieve this goal under the UN banner of deception that captivates most Nigerian officials! The billionaires own over 90% of the embryonic stem cell research companies. The ‘Philanthropic’ vaccine donations have laced common vaccines with infertility agent that reduces human chorionic gonadotropin (anti-HCG) to cause miscarriages. This has been done successfully with the tetanus vaccine and other common vaccines (see attached Talwar GP et al. A vaccine that prevents pregnancy in women (human chorionic gonadotropin/birth control vaccine) Proc. Nati. Acad. Sci. USA. 1994;91:8532-8536). “The ovarian eggs could be poached through IVF after administering a set of hormonal injections. Faced with the challenge of bareness, Nigerian women will go for IVF, where 12 ovarian eggs could be poached and maximum of 2 used for trials. The rest are sold by IVF centres to Western laboratories working on embryonic stem cell research. According to the European Union report, Nigeria is the top country for export of human ovarian eggs (see attached Jana Tutkova, ‘Human Egg Trafficking in Europe’, European Policy Officer, Core 30th March, 2006).” “About ten million Nigerian women could die in 2-3 years from the complications called Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (liver failure, kidney failure, cancers, infections, etc). These criminal actions must be protected by an enabling system law in Nigeria, hence the NHAct 2014, was designed to do just that in disguise. The so-called good statutes were framed as window-dressing to cover the main criminal statues.”

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Hundreds of permanent voters card discovered by hunters in Bayelsa

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Over 320 Permanent Voters Cards were dumped inside an uncompleted building along the AIT/Elebele road in Yenogoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The hunters handed over the PVCs to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, July 27, in Yenagoa, the state capital. the Commandant of the association, Moses Okano

Said :

“We have been combing the bushes in the nooks and crannies because of the happening we have been hearing in the bushes. We started from Azikoro and went through Elebele,” he said

In the course of our going round, we ran into an uncompleted building in the bush and we heard some noise with our usual way of operation to ascertain those who were there, the people sighting us started to jump out of the windows of the uncompleted building.

So, we were able to penetrate the building and what we saw were the abandoned voters’ cards. So knowing full well that these are Federal Government property and the only authority empowered or authorised by law to keep custody of these items is INEC, we have to recover them and decided to bring it to the Commission.” he said

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INEC rules out another extension of voter registration

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ruled out another extension of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States, Chief Ken Okeagu, stated this at a media briefing on Wednesday in Abakaliki.

The REC said he had visited the commission’s local government area offices to assess the progress so far recorded in the exercise.

He expressed satisfaction with the turnout of prospective voters.

He said: “I’m quite impressed. The arrangement is good and people are turning out.

“So far, we don’t have challenges other than the number of people that have been coming out to register.

“I have gone round some of the centres and we are discussing how to take care of the surge.

“Some of the arrangements are going to be internal and we are looking basically at getting more machines to attend to people.

“We are not going to extend again.

“We have done it once for one month and we are not going to extend again.

“Those who have yet to register should go and get registered.

 

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